The Roanoke Canal 5k is a trail race that follows the Roanoke Canal, which was built in 1823. Help us celebrate 200 years of history! A Half Mile Fun Walk will be set up as well. Money raised at the event will go towards replacing the batteau exhibit at the Roanoke Canal Museum. Batteaux were boats specifically designed to haul cargo up and down narrow canals in the 1800s. We have two replicas on site that are in need of replacement. Authentic batteau replicas are custom made and expensive to acquire. Proceeds from this race will go towards other fundraising efforts to replace the aging batteaux.
The 5k will take place on the Roanoke Canal Trail. The natural surface trail is generally flat with a few hills. As runners travel back in time along the historic trail, they will pass over several culverts that were installed during construction of the canal in the 1820's. Runners will also pass by the large bulkhead that diverted water into the canal during the years it was used to generate electricity for the local mills. The Half Mile Fun Walk will loop through Roanoke Rapids Day Use Park.